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My name is Kim Blackwell, I'm a licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist. I got my start in the beauty industry on sets - working on music videos and commercials as a key Makeup Artist and Assistant, working with the great Kevyn Aucoin. I got my license in 2001 and have been in love with skincare ever since with a special love for natural ingredients.
Certificate of Esthetics from Newberry School of Beauty
20 years of experience
Hyperpigmentation, Age Prevention
Dry, dull hair? Try incorporating a hair mask into your routine, like the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil, that gets rave reviews from our Beautytap Beauty Experts.
When drying hair, switch out absorbent cotton towels for an old t-shirt and try sealing ends with Argan Oil.
With many of us not sleeping as well these days + not moving as much + still needing to look fresh on all these Zoom calls (and FaceTime assaults), a face roller is just the thing to de-puff, revitalize skin and remove stagnation. Check out the article below for tis benefits and recommendations on where to find this amazing ancient beauty tool.
The Benefits Of Face Rollers, According To A Master Of Oriental Medicine – Beauty Expert Reviews And Shop Multicultural, International, and Korean Skin Care, Makeup + Cosmetics
The Benefits Of Face Rollers, According To A Master Of Oriental Medicine
Call them magic wands. It’s no surprise these easy-to-use face tools are so buzzy – the[Read more]
Tip of the day: Don’t forget the decolletage.
The decolletage (cleavage area) is one of the first places to show signs of aging. Make sure to take your moisturizer and sunscreen down to this area, even if it’s not exposed. Look for products that repair and firm like, Restorsea Repairing Neck and Decollatage Treatment.
Tip of the day: Try dry brushing before a bath or shower. Benefits include:
– Helping the body rid itself of toxins.
– Increasing circulation and energy.
– Helping to break down cellulite.
– Stimulating the lymphatic system.
Apply True Moringa Tranquility (Moringa + Lavender) Face, Hair, Body Oil afterwards. Moringa oil is rich in oleic, behenic, and linoleic acid to increase the permeability of skin, minimize the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and restore a natural glow.
True Moringa Tranquility (Moringa + Lavender) Face, Hair, Body Oil 30ml at Beautytap
Tip of the day: When layering skin care products, apply products from thinnest to thickest.
Tip of the day: Try switching to a silk pillowcase to combat dry skin and hair from low humidity winter weather. Cotton pillowcases can wick moisture away from hair and skin and undo all that lovely product layering you did before bed ;-).
Tip of the day: thinning lashes? Apply Jamaican black castor oil daily with a Q-tip or spoolie.
JBC oil strengthens hair and encourages growth; you can also use it to re-grow over plucked eyebrows and hair loss from Traction Alopecia.
Want the smoothest, baby-softest feet of your life?
Mix rice flour with apple cider vinegar until it forms a paste. Rub in a circular motion onto your footsies (pre-soaked in a foot bath or while in the shower).
Rinse thoroughly and follow with a body moisturizer hydrate and seal in moisture, like Aptiva Pure Jasmine Moisturizing Body Milk, that contains skin silkening shea butter, olive and sunflower oils.
Tip of the day: results take time.
Some changes happen more quickly than others: you\’ll achieve more hydrated skin before you get rid of hyperpigmentation, for example.
Slow and steady wins in the long run. Gentle, consistent treatments work best. And while it can be tempting to attack skin care concerns aggressively, you can actually end up with more of what you don\’t want i.e. sun sensitivity, scarring, sensitized skin that can lead to more hyperpigmentation.
Give a new product about 6 weeks (unless it\’s irritating) to see if its benefits. Some products, like prescription Retin-A can take even longer (about 12 weeks) but are well worth the wait.
Want the skinny on 5 products that can truly transform the look of your skin? Celebrity Esthetician and holistic skincare guru, Cynthia Franco breaks down five her must-haves.
Know the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? If not, read on, to find out what’s really going on with that post-wash tightness and what products can get your glow up up to 100.
Want to sample some of the skincare you’re curious about? Sampling is a good way to familiarize yourself with texture, absorption and overall feel of a product. In this article, some of the most popular samples requested by beautytap clients and why the sample program is such a boon to beauty retail.
Are You Missing Beauty Samples And Testers? Introducing The Game – Changing Offering You’ve Needed All Your Life
Are You Missing Beauty Samples And Testers? Introducing The Game-Changing Offering You’ve Needed All Your Life
Learn about how beauty samples are evolving due to Covid-19 and how you can even order free samples online from new st[Read more]
So excited to see Epicuren on the platform. One of my first skin care loves, it’s the first brand I worked with when starting as Esthetician. Epicuren is 90% natural and almost entirely fragrance-free (fragrance is one of the most toxic ingredients in cosmetics). Epicuren is VERY results-driven – the Hot Peel is one of my first obsessions and one of the products that clients would see amazing results from after a facial. They’re eco-conscious and 100% cruelty free with a commitment to lowering their carbon footprint. Read more about this amazing line below.
Epicuren Discovery® Has Arrived: The Legendary, Natural Skin Care Brand Coveted Around The World
Meet CHOBS, the Eco-Friendly, Organic K-Beauty Brand That Will Soothe Your Skin & Soul Alike – and the Beautytap brand of the week!
Dark skin and K-Beauty is a match made in heaven because many products are made with ingredients that target the specific skin care concerns of melanated beauties.
“Whamisa has been making waves in Europe thanks to its certified organic status and lush skincare textures. So what makes this organic K-beauty brand so special? And which 5 Whamisa products are absolute must-haves for lovers of natural, cruelty-free skincare?” Read on skincare lovers to find out the 5 must-haves from our brand of the week…
One of the secrets to seriously supple skin is regular exercise. Exercise increases blood flow, which can help t deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin which keeps the skin healthy, promotes collagen production, and promotes new skin cells. It’s a must in your #glowup routine and talk about bang for your buck, it’s probably one the most inexpensive things that offers instant results in your anti-aging arsenal.
One of my favorite studios in L.A. is Sweat Pilates – ‘not your mama’s Pilates’ – this class delivers exactly what the name says, pore-purging sweat. And they’ve just started offering live streams of their classes. Check them out here by clicking the link below, selec[Read more]
I was today years-old when I found out there’s a Touch Up My Appearance option in Zoom. Zoom meetings are going to be our reality for awhile so you can probably do what you wanna do from the waist down but if you want to look your best waist up, Amanda Fletcher has great tips on how to do just that (including that Touch Up my appearance goody). Check out her article here:
I fell in love with J Beauty in my early twenties. My first must-have product was the Shu Uemura mechanical brow pencil (sadly discontinued), then I had the privilege of getting products from Kevyn Aucoin\’s limited edition line Inoui (only sold in Japan). Two trips to Japan sealed the deal, with amazing skin care and makeup literally everywhere. Check out this beautytap article for some of the current must-haves for your glow-up goals:
Top J-Beauty Products You Need Right Now